- Friends of Southampton Youth Orchestras

Please Donate

FSYO needs to raise money to support the Youth Orchestras of Southampton. There are many ways you can contribute:


FSYO Membership

Family membership costs just £10 a year. FSYO membership is optional but it is very much appreciated and these subscriptions form an important part of our income. You do not have to have children in our ensembles to be a member and some families continue their membership after their children have grown up.

Please download and complete a membership form to join. 


What is MyDonate?

MyDonate is a not-for-profit, free online fundraising service run by BT for UK charities. This service provides a secure, easy-to-use way for millions of people to raise money for the charity of their choice. The FSYO use MyDonate to raise funds for the orchestras and ensembles that it supports.

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Empties Please

We collect certain used toner and inkjet cartridges to send to Empties Please for recycling. They will accept any original HP, original Samsung, original Sharp and some original branded toners from Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, Kyocera, Lexmark OKI, and Xerox. To see if they can accept your original branded toners visit their website and look at their Toners Accepted for recycling list.

Please pass any suitable cartridges on to a member of the FSYO committee – we can be found at most rehearsals and all concerts.


Supporting us at concerts

On concert day, the friends* usually pay the costs for hiring the venue, for hiring transport or equipment as necessary and for printing programmes and tickets. You can support us at concerts in the following ways :

  • Buying tickets
  • Buying a programme
  • Donating raffle prizes and buying raffle tickets
  • Buying refreshments (where supplied by FSYO) 

And most importantly – by advertising our concerts and encouraging others to attend!

* We hold separate funds for each of our ensembles as explained below.  Ensembles keep the profits generated from their own concerts.


Supporting our seasonal fundraising campaigns

From time to time we will run extra campaigns to raise funds and awareness.
Our current fundraiser is the FSYO Photo Calendar for 2019 – these are now on sale at rehearsals and concerts!


Where do my donations go?

If you make a donation to FSYO it’s only natural for you to ask what it’s being used for.

You’ll be pleased to know that all your hard-earned cash goes into supporting the young people in our orchestras. None of the volunteers in the committee or at the events are paid for what they do. We are passionate in our support for the youth orchestras, so we are happy to contribute our time and energies for free. We want to see these young players succeed and grow in music, and it is our privilege to be even a small part of that.


What happens to the money?

The Friends provide a ‘pot’ for each ensemble from money earned, for example from ticket sales, refreshments or raffles at their concerts and from refreshments sold at their rehearsals.

Individual orchestras can then initially call on their own ‘pot’, for example:

  • to help with the costs of specialist sectional support at rehearsals
  • to buy or hire additional music or instruments
  • to subsidise workshops and residential courses
  • to hire concert venues
  • other unexpected expenses that may arise from time to time.

Income from membership subscriptions, the Pyramid Concert and similar activities is put into a general fund. This can be called on as reasonably required by any of our ensembles, from the junior string groups up to SYO. We hope we will always be able to give support when needed.

As a registered charity, we are bound by Charity Commission rules. Our finances must always be above board. For this reason we may decline a request to temporarily hold money from other, otherwise legitimate sources.